Accessibility & Support

Library buildings are ADA-compliant and we offer more supports for successful library visits. Below, find out more about what support is available where.

ADA Accessible Computers on the Main Library's third floor

In addition to resources at our library, you can access resources available through other libraries. For example, the Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. To learn more, contact us now or visit the Illinois Secretary of State & State Librarian website.

Main Library

Elevator access

There is elevator access from the underground parking garage to the first-floor lobby. A separate elevator bank provides access from the first-floor lobby to the second and third floors.

Lobby (first floor)

Available for checkout from the Library of Things

  • Braille labeler to create labels with embossed Braille lettering.
  • Braille readers to translate ebooks and web pages into Braille.
  • Scanner pens to scan text, hear the words read aloud, and look up any words you don’t know.

Children’s Services area (first floor)

General support

  • A social narrative for visiting the library, available as a virtual tutorial, a downloadable version (pdf), and in print at the Children’s Services desk.
  • Noise-canceling headphones, wiggle seats, fidget toys, DIY schedules, pinwheels, sunglasses, weighted lap blankets, and more.

Specific tools

  • An Ubi-Duo, a two-way communications system created by and for d/Deaf people. The Bluetooth-enabled device consists of two screens and two keyboards linked together so that both screens display what is typed on either keyboard. For in-the-library use only.
  • Two iPads only loaded with seven augmentative/alternative communication apps. These apps are for people who have difficulty expressing themselves with vocal speech. They can use pre-loaded buttons and on-screen keyboards to communicate. Families need to try a wide variety of apps to find the one that works best for someone, and this will assist them in making this important choice.
  • Braille books, ones that have been published in Braille, and ones with Braille translations added.

For caregivers looking for spaces to breastfeed, pump, or bottle feed

Veterans Room (second floor)

  • Hearing device support: Ask us now and in the library at any service desk for details.

Public desktop computers (third floor)

  • Adjustable height tables.
  • Large type keyboards.
  • Monitors with increased display size.
  • Adaptive software (JAWS FSReader, OpenBook, and MAGIC) that magnifies and reads images and text aloud.

Maze Branch

All three locations at every service desk

  • A core language board to assist in non-spoken conversation.

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